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Washington Week

Washington monument. Cherry blossom trees in the foreground.

Explore the world of foreign affairs and global problem solving by joining the UNC Diplomacy Initiative’s Washington Week! During this four-day experience over spring break in Washington, D.C., network with and learn from global problem solvers working in federal agencies, international organizations, think tanks and global corporations.

Application Details

Eligibility

Washington Week is designed for first-year and second-year Carolina students; third-year students may also apply. Applicants must be at least 18 years old by March 11, 2024. Undergraduates in all majors are welcome to apply, and there is no GPA requirement.

Timeline

  • Application closes November 27, 2023.
  • Applicants notified in early December 2023.
  • Commitment and program fee due December 15, 2023.

Program Details

Dates

March 11-14, 2024

Cost & Logistics

The program fee for Washington Week is $300 per student. The remaining costs of the program are covered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs. A limited number of program fee waivers are available based on demonstrated financial need.

Students and staff will travel between Chapel Hill and Washington, D.C., by chartered bus. In D.C., the group will travel by metro, public bus and on foot. Students must be available to participate in the entire program, including travel together to and from D.C.

The group will stay at a centrally located hotel in D.C. Student rooms are double occupancy. Single rooms may be available for an additional fee. Participants must stay at the group hotel for the entire program and participate in scheduled activities with the group. This program is cohort-based, so most of the trip will be structured with group activities and events.

Expectations

Students are expected to attend mandatory pre-departure meetings in the beginning of the spring 2024 semester that will cover logistics, health and safety, and professional and career resources.

During the program, students should participate fully in the scheduled meetings and other activities, and adhere to the program code of conduct.

Upon returning, students are required to complete a short reflection and program survey.

Apply

Applicants will be asked to respond to a few short-answer questions. No letters of recommendation are required.

Apply for Washington Week

Contact

For questions regarding Washington Week, please contact Emmy Grace, program manager for global education.